Minority Mentorship Program
The USC Chan Minority Mentorship Program supports current and prospective USC Chan students who are first-generation college students and/or who identify as belonging to underrepresented groups. The program is coordinated by the USC Student Recruitment and Admissions Teams, in collaboration with the Student Ambassadors and the Diversity, Access, and Equity Committee. Prospective students can benefit from support and guidance through the application process and current students can benefit from support during their academic experience. Through this initiative, we endeavor to increase access and decrease barriers for students in order to further diversify the profession of occupational therapy and discipline of occupational science, and reduce health disparities both nationally and globally.
Mentors and mentees are expected to communicate at least once per month for a minimum of 6 months in order to foster a fruitful relationship. The exact duration of the mentorship relationship can be determined by each mentor-mentee pair. The communication method between mentors and mentees will also be determined by each pair and can include phone calls, meeting for coffee or lunch, video chats, emails, etc. Our goal at USC Chan is to provide a compatible mentor for each mentee within two weeks of receiving their mentee application.
Apply to be a mentor
Submitting an application to serve as a mentor is a great way to share your knowledge and experiences with mentees. You will help your mentee/s explore occupational therapy as a career and better prepare them to become future leaders within the field. To be a mentor for the USC Chan Minority Mentorship Program, you must be a current USC Chan student, USC Chan faculty, USC Chan staff member, or USC Chan alumni. Mentorship application >
Apply to be a mentee
As a mentee, you will receive one-on-one support and gain insight from your mentor. They can offer professional and/or educational advice and help you to navigate challenging situations. Your mentor can also offer social support specific to your identity and lived experience. Mentorship application >
Contact Kimberly Kho, Director of Student Recruitment, with any questions or concerns.